Robin Babbini was your active teenager and honor student, engaged in numerous high school activities – co-captain of the cheerleading squad, homecoming queen and dramatic arts. Her dynamic life was turned upside down when at the age of 17 she was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. She had a total hysterectomy followed by chemo treatments. Amazingly, with unrivaled optimism and positivity, she completed her classes, graduated high school and began her freshman year at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA BARBARA.
To our horror, the cancer re-occurred six short months later, followed by another surgery, only to find out the cancer had metastasized and she was now considered chronic. Robin began endless, continuous and different types of cancer treatments. Robin’s determination and everlasting hope gave her the strength to pledge the national sorority, KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA, and she persevered to continue academic studies She participated as co-captain at the AMERICAN CANCER’S RELAY FOR LIFE at UCSB and, despite her weakening and debilitated condition, gave a gut wrenching, inspirational speech convinced that one day there would be a cure and the suffering would be eradicated. Six weeks later Robin lost her valiant battle at the young age of 20.
Robin has left a remarkable legacy. In perpetuity, PACIFIC HILLS HIGH SCHOOL in West Hollywood has created the “Robin Babbini Outstanding Senior Award.” The Ovarian Cancer Circle presents annually the “Robin Babbini Community Achievement Award” to honor a member of her beloved sorority. The UCSB French Language Department designates the annual Robin Memorial Award for an outstanding French 3-level student.
Most importantly, Robin has brought Ovarian Cancer to the forefront of young women’s awareness, who now realize that this insidious disease has no age boundaries.